Love For God’s Glory

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Heavenly Notes
Author:  ReformedWomen-TheologyGirl
Subject:  “For The Love of God’s Glory: The Sovereignty of God”

The blessing of God’s sovereignty is a constant that needs repeating time and time again as we, as weak creatures, fail to remember in times of struggle, trials, illness, wars within and without, the overarching and ever present sovereignty of God’s rule and providence in our lives.  The excerpt below is from my 2002 Bible-book study on the “Sovereignty of God” and now, as it was then, is a present help to push us onward and upward for the glory of God in remembrance of these things.  Be encouraged to remember that your God is on the throne providentially ruling in heaven and earth.  Read on…
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Genesis 18:14: “Is anything too hard for Jehovah?”

Exodus 33:18-19:  “And he said, I beseech thee, show me Thy glory.  {19} And He said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”

I Chronicles 29:11:  “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all.”

Job 42:2: “I know that Thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of Thine can be restrained.”

Psalm 22:28:  “For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and He is the Governor among the nations.”

Psalm 103:19:  “The LORD hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.”

Psalm 115:3: “Our God is in the heavens. He hath done whatsoever He pleased.”

Psalm 135:6: “Whatsoever Jehovah pleased, that hath He done. In heaven, in earth, in the seas, and in all deeps.”

Proverbs 16:33: “The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.”

Isaiah 14:24, 27: “Jehovah of hosts hath sworn, saying, surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass . . . . For Jehovah of hosts hath purposed, and who shall annul it? and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?”

Isaiah 40:12-25: “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? {13} Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being His counsellor hath taught him? {14} With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and showed to Him the way of understanding? {15} Behold,  the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. {16}  And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. {17} All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. {18} To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto Him? {19} The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. {20} He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. {21} Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? {22} It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof  are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: {23} That bringeth the princes to nothing;  He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. {24} Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and He shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. {25} To whom then will ye lken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.”

Isaiah 45:7:  “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace,  and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”

Isaiah 46:9, 10, 11: “Remember the former things of old; for I am God. And there is none else; I am God and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure . . . . yea, I have spoken; I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it.”

Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah Lord Jehovah! behold Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm; and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

Daniel 4:35: “He doeth according to His will In the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?”

Matthew 28:18: “All authority bath been given unto Me (Christ) in heaven and on earth.”

Romans 9:20, 21: “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why didst Thou make me thus? Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?”

Ephesians 1:11: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”

Ephesians 1:22: “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church.”

I Timothy 6:15-16: “Which in his times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power  Everlasting.  Amen.”

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”  Proverbs 15:22

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of  counselors there is safety.”  Proverbs 11:14

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“The Sovereignty of God is strongly emphasized in Scripture.  He [God] is represented as the Creator, and His will as the cause of all things.  In virtue of His creative work heaven and earth and all that they contain belong to Him.  He is clothed with absolute authority over the hosts of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth.  He upholds all things with His almighty power, and determines the ends which they are destined to serve. He rules as King in the most absolute sense of the word and all things are dependent on Him and subservient to Him.” Louis Berkof, “Systematic Theology” VII, D, 76
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“Sovereignty is not a property of the divine nature, but a prerogative arising out of the perfections of the Supreme Being.  If God be a Spirit, and therefore a person, infinite, eternal, and immutable in His being and perfections, the Creator and Preserver of the universe, He is of  right its Absolute Sovereign.”  Charles Hodge, “Systematic Theology” Chapter V, 15, 439

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“All things without exception, indeed, are disposed by Him, and His will is the ultimate account of all that occurs. Heaven and earth and all that is in them are the instruments through which He works His ends. Nature, nations, and the fortunes of the individual alike present in all their changes the transcript of His purpose. The winds are His messengers, the flaming fire His servant: every natural occurrence is His act; prosperity is His gift, and if calamity falls upon man it is the Lord that has done it (Amos 3:5, 6; Lamentations 3:33-38; Isaiah 47:7; Ecclesiastes 7:14; Isaiah 54:16).  It is He that leads the feet of men, wit they whither or not; He that raises up and casts down; opens and hardens the heart; and creates the very thoughts and intents of the soul.” B.B. Warfield, “Biblical Doctrines” art. Predestination, p.9

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“This doctrine of Predestination represents the purpose of God as absolute and unconditional, independent of the whole finite creation, and as originating solely in the eternal counsel of His will. God is seen as the great and mighty King who has appointed the course of nature and who directs the course of history even down to its minutest details. His decree is eternal, unchangeable, holy, wise, and sovereign. It extends not merely to the course of the physical world but to every event in human history from the creation to the judgment, and includes all the activities of saints and angels in heaven and of reprobates and demons in hell. It embraces the whole scope of creaturely existence, through time and eternity, comprehending at once all things that ever were or will be in their causes, conditions, successions, and relations. Everything outside of God Himself is included in this all-embracing decree, and that very naturally since all other beings owe their existence and continuance in existence to His creative and sustaining power. It provides a providential control under which all things are hastening to the end of God’s determining; and the goal is, “One far-off divine event – Toward which the whole creation moves.”

Since the finite creation through its whole range exists as a medium through which God manifests His glory, and since it is absolutely dependent on Him, it of itself could originate no conditions which would limit or defeat the manifestation of that glory. From all eternity God has purposed to do just exactly what He is doing. He is the sovereign Ruler of the universe and “does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?”  Daniel 4:35. Since the universe had its origin in God and depends on Him for its continued existence it must be, in all its parts and at all times, subject to His control so that nothing can come to pass contrary to what He expressly decrees or permits. Thus the eternal purpose is represented as an act of sovereign predestination or foreordination, and unconditioned by any subsequent fact or change in time. Hence it is represented as being the basis of the divine foreknowledge of all future events, and not conditioned by that foreknowledge or by anything originated by the events themselves.” Loraine Boettner, “The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination” II, 13
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“God is sovereign Lord and King, and exerciseth a dominion over the whole world, both heaven and earth.  This is so clear, that nothing is more spoken of in Scripture.  The very name, “LORD,” imports it; . . .””Stephen Charnock, “Existence and Attributes of God, Discourse VIII, 363

Are you now encouraged?  I believe you are.  Praise Him for His love and goodness to you!

Living Coram Deo,
TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen

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ReformedWomen Bible-Book Study, 2002 “The Sovereignty of God” Scriptural and Theological Support

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